An expat, or expatriate, is someone who lives in a country that is not their country of origin. If you are moving to London, then you are moving to a city that is unmatched in beauty and excitement. Even in the darkest hours of winter, and it gets dark in the middle of the afternoon in London, this city glows in pomp and ceremony. It is a city that offers much to the expat in the way of career development and a lifestyle that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. If you have recently moved into your new rental apartment then you need to start getting out and exploring the city and immersing yourself in the local culture, so you feel a little more in tune with the way that Londoner’s behave.
The great thing about living here is that it is a city of travelers, so you are bound to find people of different cultures, who are experiencing everything that you are going through. This is home to well over a million South African’s and Australians, as well as American’s and people from the Caribbean. England itself, as well as the city of London, is home to many thousands of people of Asian descent who have made this small island their home. All of this makes London into a cultural melting pot. It will thrill you, and enchant you. A city that is on the very cutting edge of technology and finance, all set against a historical perspective, that makes The English and England so interesting and fascinating.
So what does London have to Offer?
Filled with world class tourist attractions, history, art, magnificent theatre tradition and a plethora of outstanding and often awe inspiring architecture. While this is considered one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, there are many free galleries and attractions that you can visit, not least of which are the many parks that are found throughout the city where one can spend many an hour just taking in the lush surroundings.
Many expats find the long winters harsh and inclement, but there is so much to do even in winter that you’ll find yourself spending more time out of your new apartment than in it. Once you have mastered the transport system, you’ll be able to get around easily. Rush hour into the city is an experience that you’ll just have to get used to; this is a city that lives and breathes high finance and technology and it is as fast paced as any other big city in the world.
Loving London but Craving a little bit of home…
If it is your first time here then you might want to head off to some of the traditional expat haunts that will make you feel a little bit of home in a foreign city. Familiar people, accents and lifestyle: The South African’s have their ‘Springbok Bar’ and ‘Zulus’, the Aussies have ‘Temple Walkabout’ and ‘Redback Tavern’ and if you are an American then you might be tempted to head off to one of the meets at the Expat American Meet Up Group or the ‘American Expats in London Group’. Just don’t be tempted to make this sport of thing into your entire social network. Get out and experience all of the people in London and you’ll soon have an expanded circle of friends that will last a lifetime.